Students learn proper table manners at Etiquette Dinner

By Sasha Ramazani

The Association of Student Event Planners hosted the spring
quarterly Etiquette Dinner on April 30 at the Restaurant at Kellogg

More than 100 students attended the event featuring guest
speaker Barbara Jean Bruin, front of the house instructor at the
Collins College.

The Etiquette Dinner was dedicated to teaching the basic
protocol of good manners. While Bruin gave her lively presentation,
students of HRT 383, led by Lesley Butler, presented a three-course
meal of cream of broccoli soup, herb and fontina cheese filled
breast of chicken and creme brulee.

Some students attended in hopes of learning something new about
proper dinner manners.

“I want to learn anything I can because I am going to be at a
country club this summer and want to look well-mannered and
proper,” said Abby Clark, a third-year hotel and restaurant
management student.

Others, such as Kevin Le, a third-year civil engineer student,
wanted to learn about the art of presentation.

“Etiquette is being polite, professional and friendly,” said
Bruin. “Etiquette is a very hot topic and is very, very necessary.
As much as it is old and moldy, etiquette is really crisp, clean
and new.”

Bruin discussed several aspects of dinner etiquette with the

Specifically, ladies should refrain from bringing big purses and
are recommended to carry a clutch type bag and men are no longer
required to pull out a chair for women or automatically pay the

Some of the more non-conventional etiquette manners include
pouring your hot coffee into the saucer and sipping it straight
from there as well as passing both the salt and pepper shakers even
when only one is requested.

“It was a very entertaining presentation and it was definitely
worth the money,” said Christina Griffiths, a third-year food and
nutrition student.

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Students learn proper table manners at Etiquette Dinner

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Students learn proper table manners at Etiquette Dinner

Students learn proper table manners at Etiquette Dinner

Students learn proper table manners at Etiquette Dinner

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